Revitalization

View of San Antonio River Walk with colorful umbrellas at tables on waterfront and with boat lights blurred by long-exposure

The Power of Urban Waterfronts

Humans' love of water makes waterways a particularly attractive urban amenity. Why did so many American cities let theirs languish?

January 9, 2023 - Governing

Boarded-up facade of vacant brick building in CIncinnati, Ohio

Ohio to Demolish Thousands of Vacant Buildings

The state is funding a $150 million effort to raze blighted buildings to accelerate revitalization.

December 13, 2022 - The Center Square

Billboard that says "Gentrification Sucks!" in Los Angeles, California

Who’s To Blame for Gentrification?

Most likely, no one in particular—but policy changes can alleviate the housing shortage and prevent displacement.

July 7, 2022 - Governing

Community garden in Chicago, Illinois with view of city skyline

How Abandoned Properties Can Be Used for Redevelopment

Abandoned properties can be a burden on a community, bringing everything from negative curb appeal to an increase in crime. Using these properties for positive community development can kill two birds with one stone.

July 7, 2022 - Devin Partida

Houston, Construction

Houston's East River Redevelopment Threatens Historic Black Neighborhoods

Longtime residents are being left behind by new development that has raised housing costs and property taxes for some of Houston's most vulnerable communities, according to an article in the Houston Chronicle.

October 22, 2021 - The Houston Chronicle

Detroit

How Legacy Cities Can Leverage Federal Funds for 'Transformative' Projects

Now is the time for cities to make strategic investments to scale up existing revitalization efforts.

October 21, 2021 - The Brookings Institiution

New York

How Downtown Public Space Investments Impact Equity

Efforts to revitalize declining downtowns have, in some cases, become catalysts for supporting small, minority-owned, local businesses.

August 6, 2021 - Brookings Institution

Chicago Public Housing

What Is Urban Renewal?

Ostensibly intended to improve "blighted" neighborhoods and provide better housing conditions, urban renewal often involved displacement and the wholesale destruction of urban communities.

July 16, 2021 - Diana Ionescu

Main Street, Loganville, Georgia May 2017

Planning a New Downtown in a Small Georgia Town

At a recent town hall meeting in Loganville, Georgia, local residents and stakeholders proposed ways to revitalize the city's downtown and build improved amenities for the city's residents.

June 3, 2021 - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

West Louisville

Tax Increment Financing District Considered for West Louisville

A prominently Black and low-income neighborhood in Louisville could gain a new tool for spurring local development—the law is intended also to control the effects of gentrification.

February 25, 2021 - Louisville Courier Journal

Wood, Timber, Forestry, Logging

Why Jay Inslee Should Embrace Cross-Laminated Timber

With a timber rich state and a desire to fight climate change, mass timber and CLT could become Jay Inslee's signature green economy success in Washington State.

August 26, 2019 - ConorBronsdon

Bryant Park

Reimagining the Social Value of Public Spaces

While they're often treated as mere assets to be maintained or abandoned for other uses, public spaces can be an active part of cities' plans for equitable revitalization.

June 2, 2019 - Governing

Columbus, Ohio skyline reflected in the Scioto River

Columbus Considers Its First Community Land Trust

Citing a dire housing situation for low-income renters, Columbus, Ohio is considering its first community land trust. The aim is to create housing alternatives for low-income residents of revitalizing neighborhoods.

March 4, 2019 - Next City

Colorado Town

Behind the Community-Building Mission of the Orton Family Foundation

The work of the Orton Family Foundation provides a leading example of community-driven revitalization at work in small towns all over the country, according to this feature in the Christian Science Monitor.

January 24, 2019 - The Christian Science Monitor

Bike Lane

Debunking the Arguments Against Detroit's New Bike Lanes

Protected bike lanes, this writer argues, are just one part of a broader rebuild of Detroit that prioritizes engagement.

October 12, 2018 - Detroit Free Press

Adaptive Reuse

New Book Studies 20 Examples of Adaptive Reuse

A new book on adaptive reuse of industrial buildings is reviewed by Carol Berens.

September 21, 2018 - UrbDeZine

Wild Detroit

Where Housing Prices Are Too Low

While the housing crisis of expensive coastal cities gets all the attention, many parts of the country are challenged with real estate markets that lack the stability to attract investments.

August 21, 2018 - Forbes

Redevelopment

Anticipating Gentrification in Detroit

Where is gentrification most likely to occur in cities like Detroit? And how can that data guide policy? A new report provides some insight.

May 1, 2018 - Forbes

Far Rockaway

Headed for Approval: Rezoning for Affordable Housing in Far Rockaway

The New York City neighborhood of Far Rockaway will see the latest of the rezoning proposals at the center of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's affordable housing plan.

August 24, 2017 - The Real Deal

Canary Wharf Station

What Will Become of London's Transit Megaproject After Brexit?

London's Crossrail promises faster commutes and neighborhood revitalization in a global economic hub. But what if Brexit puts a damper on that future?

August 18, 2017 - The New York Times

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